New Delhi: Unified Payment Interface (UPI) services will be launched in Sri Lanka and Mauritius on February 12, 2024 (Monday). The UPI services rollout in the two foreign countries will be virtually witnessed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth and Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The UPI services will further strengthen people to people relations and facilitate tourism in the two island countries.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth will witness the launch of Unified Payment Interface (UPI) services in Sri Lanka and Mauritius, and also RuPay card services in Mauritius on February 12 at 1 PM via video conferencing,” the External Affairs Ministry stated.
The launch will enable availability of UPI settlement services for Indian nationals travelling to Sri Lanka and Mauritius as well as for Mauritian nationals travelling to India. The extension of RuPay card services in Mauritius will enable Mauritian banks to issue cards based on RuPay mechanism in Mauritius and facilitate usage of RuPay Card for settlements both in India and Mauritius.
India’s RuPay card service is developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). UPI is an instant real-time payment system to facilitate inter-bank transactions through mobile phones. India launched RuPay – a global card payment network – that has wide acceptance at shops, ATMs, and online.
UPI launched in France
Few days ago, France became the first European country to accept UPI. With RuPay card service active in France, Indian tourists can book their visit to the Eiffel Tower by purchasing tickets online using UPI.
The National Payments Corporation of India has said that UPI can be accessed on all platforms viz. Android / iOS – The Apps have been developed by members on Android 4.2.2 and above/iOS 8.1 and above platforms.